30th Apr2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (April 28th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have part 2 of Rebellion, with the final word on the Impact World Title by show’s end.

Match #1: Chris Bey def. Rohit Raju, Suicide & Trey – 4-Way Dance

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The first competitor to score a pinfall or submission will win. Rohit attempts to form an alliance with Bey but they can’t get on the same page. Bey and Rohit exchange standing switches. Suicide hits Bey with a Hurricanrana. Trey forces Suicide to DDT Rohit as he takes out Suicide with a neckbreaker. Bey sends Trey crashing into Suicide with a leg scissors to the outside. Bey aims for Suicide but catches Rohit with a dive instead. Suicide cannonballs into everyone from the apron. Trey soars through the air with aerial offense to the floor. Rohit plants Trey but gets caught with a superkick from Bey. Trey hits both Suicide and Rohit with a 619, followed by double knees off the top to Suicide. Rohit attempts to steal the pin but Bey breaks it up with a kick to the spine. Bey pins Rohit to win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was typical spot-after-spot mayhem, but the spots were real fun. Bey winning was the right call and might just kick-start his run with Impact off really nicely. Everybody worked hard here and nobody slouched on the action. This may not be a great wrestling match, but it was a consistent spectacle of a certain kind and that’s just fine for an opener.

Match #2: Joseph P. Ryan def. Cousin Jake

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Jake crumbles Ryan with running offense off the ropes. Jake hurls him with a big throw out of the corner. Jake charges but Ryan sidesteps, sending him crashing into the steel ring post. Jake begins to target the shoulder. After a long beat-down from Ryan, Jake hits a back suplex to build momentum. Jake connects with a big discus clothesline for two. Jake almost puts Ryan away with a sit-down powerbomb. Ryan comes back with Sweet Tooth Music. Ryan rolls him up with a hold of the ropes to steal the victory.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Ryan was kinda dull here, but not bad. Jake is no Bret Hart, but he’s got his moments and there’s a few of them in here somewhere. I hate this doofus gimmick Ryan’s got right now, as it cuts him off from anything that makes him look special, which also affected the match too. Overall, this wasn’t all that much and it ended before you could even remember to remember it.

Match #3: Rosemary def. Havok – Full Metal Mayhem Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

In Full Metal Mayhem, anything goes and weapons are encouraged. Rosemary looks to make a deal with Havok so they don’t have to fight. Havok refuses and the battle is on. Havok repeatedly staples the back of Rosemary with a staple gun. Rosemary chokes Havok with a steel chain. Havok pulls her in and hits a vicious backbreaker. Rosemary traps Havok inside a steel chair and whips her into another chair in the corner. Nevaeh, a newcomer to IMPACT Wrestling, appears for the first time and watches on. On commentary, Madison Rayne reveals that she knows Nevaeh but doesn’t go into further detail. Havok hits a Samoan Drop on the ramp. Havok swings at Rosemary with a garbage can but she quickly puts on a hard-hat to soften the blow. Havok connects with a Chokeslam into two steel chairs for a near fall. Havok locks in a choke but Rosemary clobbers her with a lead pipe to win.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – I’ll give this a decent score, because this was a fine brawl with some suspense and plenty of grueling risks that deserve my respect. There’s definitely a garbage wrestling thing going on here, but it doesn’t hurt the match. Havok looked the best she’s looked in a while and Rosemary was just about there with her. All in all, if you wanna have an official reason to feel sick during the COVID-19 crisis, then this match will make you feel like a punching-bag stuffed full of barf for having had watched it.

Match #4: (Main Event) Moose def. Hernandez & Michael Elgin – TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Elgin fights off a Superplex attempt from Hernandez with a series of forearms. Elgin hits him with a big missile dropkick off the top. Moose cuts off Elgin with a big boot. Moose hits Hernandez with a Superplex. Hernandez attempts the Border Toss but Moose stops it from happening. Moose and Hernandez exchange strong strikes in the middle of the ring. Moose hits Hernandez with a pop-up powerbomb, followed by a splash for two. Elgin hits a double German suplex on both of his opponents. Moose almost puts Elgin away with Go To Hell but Hernandez breaks up the pin. Hernandez sends Moose flying with the Pounce. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb on Moose but he absorbs it and comes right back with the No Jackhammer Needed Spear. Hernandez hits Moose with a Spinebuster. Elgin has Hernandez beat with the Elgin Bomb but Moose pulls the referee out of the ring. The referee confronts Elgin, causing Elgin to shove him to the floor. A second referee comes out as Hernandez dives over the top rope into Elgin on the outside. Moose connects with the No Jackhammer Needed Spear on Hernandez to win. Moose forces David Penzer to announce him as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Yeah, you read that right. Moose brought back the TNA World Title since Tessa is quarantined with the Impact World Title. This does highlight that Impact has gradually retconned the re-branding of TNA into Impact as Anthem making a new wrestling league out of the ashes of TNA, rather than just taking the dead horse that TNA was and painting it a whole different color. These three fighters made for a fun, long smash-mouth fight that almost coulda broke your jaw just by looking at it. Big hits were coming from all directions from the sound of the first bell. Hernandez felt like he picked up where he left off with his 2009 singles run, which is good news to me. It ain’t high art, but this match was satisfying and just lacked the smarts to be more than it was. All in all, I didn’t have a problem with why this match happened nor with what it ended up being, but I still wanted more out of it than I got.

News Of The Night:

  1. 1Neveah debuted by watching the Full Metal Mayhem match from the ramp.
  2. 2Moose brought back the TNA World Title and declared himself champion.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

While not the most thrilling two hours of wrestling I’ve ever seen, it wasn’t bad at all and even had an intriguing main event, if only because of the implications of it happening to begin with.

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